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Express yourself with WordPress! Create a custom site with e-commerce, social media, and more
WordPress has grown up! No longer just a blogging tool, it has secret powers that enable you to include features like photo and video galleries, portfolios, directories and contact forms, client testimonials, integration with Facebook and Twitter, and a whole lot more in your Web site. The secret is out — read on and learn what you can do!
A solid foundation — understand what a content management system is, how a blog differs from a Web site, and what you need from a Web host
The right tool for the job — learn about FTP, types of editors, graphics programs, fonts and colors, and image libraries
Choose your theme — discover the anatomy of a WordPress theme and how to use template tags to display different content
It's all yours — create a unique, customized site using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML
Pick plugins — use plugins to add galleries, social communities, and forums to your site
Open the book and find:
Why WordPress is perfect for e-commerce sites
Steps for installing WordPress on your Web server
How plain text editors differ from WYSIWYG editors
Hints for creating dynamite design
What you can do with widgets
Examples of content types and formats
Tips for using WordPress as a content management system
How template tags work
Create custom, feature-rich, dynamic Web sites using WordPress
Customize your design using CSS, HTML, and PHP
Develop company sites, online magazines, and e-commerce Web sites
WordPress Web Design For Dummies will assume that the reader already has the basic and fundamental knowledge of the WordPress software. It covers how users can use WordPress as a tool to create a customized and individualized design for their web site using complimentary technologies such as CSS, HTML, graphic design, PHP, and MySQL. Readers will see how organizations, individuals and companies are using WordPress to power their very customized Web site through case studies.
This book will help readers: Define what technologies they will use to create a custom designed web site, including the difference between WordPress and non-WordPress technologies. Identify the tools the reader will use to accomplish a custom designed web site efficiently and competently. Build an effective navigation menu systems to provide web site readers with easy and logical navigation. Choose the right color palette. Select different layouts for the web site design, including a look into 2 and 3 column fixed and fluid web site design. Explore the different aspects of web design including CSS, Fonts, Colors and frameworks. Tweak existing designs, including the default WordPress theme and other available themes, both free and premium. Create a fully featured custom WordPress theme from scratch using WordPress templates, graphic design, HTML, CSS and PHP. Translate their design skills into paid work.
Learn how WordPress can help you create a unique, customized Web site
Once only a platform for bloggers, WordPress is gaining popularity as a tool for creating individualized Web sites. WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson makes it easy for anyone with a basic knowledge of the WordPress software to create a custom site using complimentary technologies including CSS, HTML, and PHP. This easy-to-follow, full-color guide helps you identify the tools and technologies you need to create the site you envision, build a user-friendly navigation system, select colors and layouts, work with existing WordPress themes, and even develop your own theme to personalize your site.
- WordPress offers a versatile tool for building customized Web sites; this full-color book walks you through the process, explains the complimentary technologies involved, and shows you how to select colors, fonts, and themes
- Case studies illustrate the process and the effects that can be achieved
- Shows how to incorporate WordPress templates, graphic design principles, HTML, CSS, and PHP to build a truly one-of-a-kind Web site
If you know how to use WordPress software to create a blog, WordPress Web Design For Dummies will enable you to quickly and easily construct a unique Web site for your business, organization, or personal use.
About the Author
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is founder and Creative Director of E.Webscapes Design Studio. Lisa is a frequent public speaker at events like SXSW Interactive, Blog World Expo, and various WordCamps on the topics of WordPress, design, and social media. She's been designing Web sites with WordPress since 2003.
Table of Contents
Part I: Establishing a WordPress Foundation.
Chapter 1: Exploring Web Design with WordPress.
Chapter 2: Understanding WordPress Requirements.
Chapter 3: Installing WordPress on Your Web Server.
Chapter 4: Managing Content with WordPress.
Part II: Choosing the Right Tools.
Chapter 5: Exploring Editors, Browsers, and FTP.
Chapter 6: Choosing Graphics and Software Resources.
Chapter 7: Choosing Colors and Fonts.
Chapter 8: Planning Your Design Strategy.
Part III: Working with WordPress Themes.
Chapter 9: Finding and Installing a WordPress Theme.
Chapter 10: Working with the Default Theme: Twenty Ten.
Chapter 11: Dissecting Themes and Templates.
Chapter 12: Displaying Content with Widgets and Template Tags.
Chapter 13: Understanding Parent and Child Themes.
Part IV: Building Your Custom Web Site.
Chapter 14: Using Basic CSS and HTML to Customize Your Site Design.
Chapter 15: Designing for WordPress as a CMS.
Chapter 16: Enhancing Your Web Site with Plugins.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Powerful Plugins for WordPress.
Chapter 18: Ten Well-Designed Sites That Use WordPress as a CMS.